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Can we raise better beef?

October 28, 2020 06:00

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Beef cattle take a huge toll on the environment. In Brazil, a huge chunk of
greenhouse gas emissions comes from ranching alone. And a California-sized
chunk of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down to provide land for these
cattle to graze on. But one man, living on the edge of the Amazon rainforest,
has a potential solution. In a series of small pilot projects run in his own
small town, he’s demonstrated that he can work with ranchers to make their
land healthier and more sustainable, so they don’t have to slash and burn more
forest. He’s also shown that, by making the land greener and the cows
healthier, he can dramatically reduce emissions from ranching. Further
listening and reading:  Christina Selby’s story about Vando Telles’s company
can be found at Scientific American. Vox video has an in-depth explainer on
deforestation in the Amazon and on the invasion of indigenous land in Brazil.
Vox video also has an explainer on why eating beef speeds up climate change.
Vox’s Umair Irfan traveled to Brazil last year to report on deforestation and
climate change. We always want to hear from you! Please send comments and
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